Now that the holiday season is in full swing in Northeast Ohio and Christmas is approaching fast, it’s an important time of year to play it safe when it comes to electricity. As you decorate your home and tree and hang lights outside, you’ll want to be cautious of electrical hazards and play it safe so you can stay away from the emergency room during the holiday season.
Holiday Safety Tip #1: Before you use any electrical decorations, inspect their cords for signs of cracking or fraying. If there is a loose connection or bare wires, it can lead to an electrical fire or a serious shock.
Holiday Safety Tip #2: Avoid overloading your electrical outlets as this is one of the major causes of holiday fires. Don’t plug more than one high-wattage appliance in an outlet and avoid overloading any single power outlet.
Holiday Safety Tip #3: When you’re hanging lights on the Christmas tree, do not connect more than three strings of incandescent lights. If you connect more than three strings of lights, not only can you trip a circuit breaker but you can have an electrical fire on your hands. We recommend switching out your incandescent lights for LED lights because they use less energy and run cooler.
Holiday Safety Tip #4: Avoid using indoor extension cords for the outside. Instead, only use extension cords that are marked for outdoor use. Also, keep all outdoor extension cords away from the snow and standing water.
Holiday Safety Tip #5: When decorating outdoors, avoid using a metal ladder because it conducts electricity. A safer bet is to use a wooden or fiberglass ladder.
Holiday Safety Tip #6: If you love the smell of a live tree over an artificial one, be sure to water it regularly to keep it fresh. When trees get really dry, they pose a serious fire hazard. So, when you purchase a live tree, get the freshest one you can find on the lot because it will be less of a fire hazard than a much dryer one.
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